Family of kayak victim fight to keep trial in Hawaii

Arguments made to move civil trial to Colorado

 UPDATED 7:02 AM HST Mar 06, 2013

The father of a New York teen swept out to sea during a Hawaii expedition last year returned to the state for the first time since the accident to hear arguments over whether the case should move to a state court in Colorado.

A lawyer for Michael Madoff argued during a hearing Tuesday that the proposed move would deny the family of 15-year-old Tyler Madoff a fair civil trial.

The move is being proposed by lawyers for Bold Earth Adventures, the adventure company that arranged the trip, Hawaii Pack and Paddle, the local tour company that led the excursion, and a tour guide named in the lawsuit.

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Mollway heard arguments for more than an hour Tuesday but didn't immediately make a decision.

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